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Harbor Grill Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 146 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Dana Point Harbor Drive
Description: You'll always enjoy the finest in seafood dining at the Harbor Grill Restaurant. We specialize in fresh, regional seafood cuisine, fine steaks and fresh oysters. To help ensure the mood is set just right, this is your opportunity to relax in the warm comfort of attentive service with your choice of eclectic wines and refreshing cocktails. For more than 33 years, John, Wanda and Keegan Hicks have been committed to providing the best, high quality seafood and steaks in Dana Point. You can watch our Chef prepare your favorite dish over our mesquite wood grill. Our innovative and unique menu allows you to enhance your meal with our selection of vibrant salsas, chutneys or spice rubs. Escape from the ordinary and feast upon our Pacific, New England and Cajun renditions of your favorite seafood and enjoy your choice of our rich sauces and flavorful broths which reflect the finest influences of Latin American, Asian and Indian cuisine. And remember, every Thursday is our special Oyster Day! Once you've enjoyed a great meal, get ready for dessert. Our Harbor Grill carrot cake is a legendary favorite with locals and guests. Equally tantalizing is our delicious, made fresh daily, Chocolate Blackout Cake, Mocha Mud Pie and the unforgettable Key Lime Pie. The Harbor Gill was an Open Table Diners Choice Winner for 2016 and is the only seafood restaurant in Dana Point that has been selected 5 consecutive times as the Best Overall Restaurant. Come, join us! Call and make your reservation today! Whether you choose the cozy dining room with live piano music in the evening, or the colorful garden patio with a view of the harbor - You'll discover we're both a favorite for the locals and a popular destination for visitors from all over the world who want to feel like members of the family on their first visit.
Reviewed October 14, 2013

My husband and I return to the Harbor Grill whenever we are in the area. (We live an hours drive away from Dana Point.) I cannot stay away from the tempura shrimp. My husband loves the blackened sea bass. However, anything we have ordered has been wonderful. The servers (some of them have been there for years) are attentive and friendly. Love this place.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Harbor Grill is a bit more upscale than some of its neighbors on the marina, but just a bit. You will feel comfortable here. Dinner was quite good, very good fish and excellent, lovely fresh oysters. Enjoyed the waitstaff, although, after 4 months living in the UK, we are finding US service a bit overbearing: approving my order (did I ask if you thought it was an excellent choice? why are they trained to do that? and please stop) and a relentless checking in to see if the meal was ok. Mouths full, we stop our conversation, ensure the waitperson that we are not about to throw our food on the floor, and continue eating and talking once they are (again) gone. Yeesh. But, otherwise, despite a training which is shared pretty universally in California, and which I did not notice prior to living in the UK, it was a fine dinner choice.

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Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

Loved this place! Beautiful patio views of the harbor, great menu, delicious! Try the sea bass! So good!

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

For some reason, the owners think that making the place look like a 1970's diner will be a good idea. Ignore the padded plastic booths, try to ignore the generic piano player, focus on the food.

I had a major sense of humor failure about the fact that the lunch menu and the dinner menu are identical except the dinner menu is 30% more expensive.

I had salmon in Thai red curry sauce which was excellent. The chowder was excellent and the crime brûlée was excellent. The halibut was great. The service was good but not great. It was modestly priced given the location. Well worth a trip if you are in the area and looking for good food in a casual place.

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Wanted some good seafood and we found wonderful food and the service was top notch. Hope to go again before we leave Dana Point.

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